Mrs. Olga, Program Director
Olga has an incredible passion for teaching with over 17 years of experience in the early childhood field. At the age of 16 she started giving private English lessons in her hometown in Russia and received a great deal of recognition for her teaching skills from the students and parents.
Born and raised in Russia, Olga attended Linguistic State University in Nizhny Novgorod, where she graduated in 1996 with a BA in Linguistics and Teaching ESL. She also has a BS in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University in Chicago.
Olga has lived and worked in Chicago for more than 18 years. Prior to joining New Einsteins Academy, she was a Montessori teacher at Park View Montessori School. She has also worked as a preschool teacher for a private school in Evanston.
Apart from dedicating her life to making a difference in young children’s lives, Olga loves travelling, cooking and learning new languages. One of her newest hobbies is learning how to enjoy the bountiful rewards of parenting while being a working mother.
Ms. Elizabeth, Assistant Director
Originally from California, Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of California, Davis. She made her way to Chicago in 2013 after graduating from Michigan State University where she received her Master’s in Child Development.
Elizabeth has over 10 years of experience working with children in the roles of nanny, tutor, preschool teacher and assistant director. She is passionate about creating an environment where children are supported in exploring, making mistakes, and asking questions until they master a new task. Elizabeth believes that children learn best through play and hands-on experiences.
In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and going to musicals. Ms. Elizabeth has been with NEA since July, 2015.
Ms. Nicole, Young Toddlers Lead Teacher
Nicole was born and raised on the Southeast Side of Chicago. In 2014 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human and Family Studies with a focus in Child Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Go Illini! After she graduated, she moved back to Chicago and immediately began teaching in the field of early childhood as a toddler teacher. She believes that toddlers learn best through play. In addition, she enjoys reading stories to them and getting messy through sensory exploration.
Nicole has also volunteered at La Rabida Children’s hospital. She assisted the Child Life specialist in bringing the children to the play room. Nicole found her volunteer experience very rewarding, because she knew it helped the children take their minds off their illnesses.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and going to concerts. In the future, Nicole hopes to receive a Master’s Degree in occupational therapy. She joined the New Einsteins team in February of 2016.
Ms. Emaline, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher
Emaline was born and raised in Michigan. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Kalamazoo College in English /Creative Writing with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies (although she remains a Spartan at heart – Go Green!). She worked as a nursery assistant for her local church, babysat throughout the area, and volunteered at the Michigan State University Child Development Lab. She eventually enrolled in a Child Development class at Kalamazoo College, which involved a service-learning project – creating a book with local elementary school students.
After moving to Chicago and working in Human Resources, Emaline decided to make her passion for working with children into a full-time position. While at New Einsteins Academy, she is working on obtaining an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Education at City Colleges of Chicago, which she hopes will evolve into getting a Master’s Degree someday in the future. In her spare time, Emaline loves to read, write, cook, snuggle with her cat, knit, do yoga, and enjoy the outdoors in the many parks around Chicago.
Ms. Kate, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher
Kate grew up in Naperville, Illinois and has been living in Lakeview since 2015. Kate taught early childhood and was a nanny prior to entering education. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and History from Monmouth College. Currently, Kate is pursuing her Master’s in Special Education and Elementary Education at DePaul University. Kate has a passion for education and providing extra patience and love to all of her students.
In her free time, Kate loves to cook, decorate, and spend time with her dog and family.
Ms. Guadalupe, Older Toddler Lead Teacher
Ms. Lupe was born in Berwyn and raised in Cicero. She is the only girl out of five children. Ms. Lupe was greatly influenced by her 3rd grade teacher and knew that she wanted to become an early childhood educator early on in life. She obtained her associate degree in social work in 2013. Ms. Lupe chose this career because she wants to make children smile and teach them to be the best they can be in life.
She loves spending time with her family and recently became an aunt! She also loves to travel to warmer places, but definitely enjoys being a tourist in the city of Chicago.
Ms. Christin, Older Toddler Assistant Teacher
Christin was born and raised in a small farm town in Ohio called Mount Gilead. In 2017 she graduated from Bluffton University with the bachelor’s degree in Psychology and moved to Chicago to pursue her career. Christin loves children and has gained much experience in the filed through babysitting for many families, volunteering at a church day care and an equestrian therapy center.
Christin prefers to spend her spare time outdoors. She loves snowboarding, mountain biking, and camping. She also does weight lifting and enjoys staying in good shape. Christin's favorite Sunday night activity is to watch movies with her family. Christin has been at NEA since June, 2017.
Ms. Deme, Older Toddler Assistant Teacher
Deme was born and raised in Chicago and has lived here her entire life. She started working with kids at a young age as a summer camp counselor. She was a babysitter and a nanny throughout high school and college as well. Deme received her Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Northeastern Illinois University and took classes in Early Childhood Development and Education. Her passion for caring and teaching children has led her to pursue a career working closely with them. She has always loved being around kids and hopes to be able to teach and inspire them.
In her spare time, Deme loves going on road trips, watching horror movies, and going to concerts and other events. She loves exploring museums and spending time with her family.
Ms. Lisa, Preschool Lead Teacher
Lisa was born and raised in Chicago to Puerto Rican parents, who were both passionate lifelong high school educators. She has spent the last twenty-four years working in the field of early childhood, taking breaks in between to raise her own three children. Lisa attended Harper College to study Early Childhood Education. She has also put her knowledge and experience working with toddlers into writing a book about dinosaurs, which she hopes to publish one day.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys watching films, dancing, listening to music and spending time with her big family. Lisa joined NEA in June of 2012.
Ms. Adriana, Preschool Lead Teacher
Adriana has been working with kids as a volunteer homework helper since she was in middle school. In high school she founded an after school tutoring program that won first place in the Chicago Civics Fair. Her passion for education led her to receive her Bachelor's degree from DePaul University in Psychology with a concentration in human development. She has been working with the NEA family since 2013. She began as a floater and, after graduation, assumed the position of a lead teacher in the Young Toddler classroom. After a year break that Adriana took to spend with her son, she happily returned to NEA as a co-teacher in the preschool classroom. She is a full supporter of positive reinforcement and creating a warm and safe environment where her kids can have fun playing and learning!
Adriana loves working out every day, attending comedy shows, reading and engaging in fun activities with her son.
Ms. Anna, Preschool Assistant Teacher
Anna was born in Malaysia and adopted by two amazing international teachers. Her parents taught at the American International School of Vienna, Austria, so Anna spent her life growing up there. She came to Chicago and received an Associate degree in early childhood education at Harry Truman College. Anna is now currently working on her Bachelor’s degree also in early childhood education at National Louis University. She is passionate about working with kids and enjoys learning about different cultures.
In her free time, Anna loves to attend music shows, theater, and play bocce ball at the park.
Ms. Eli, School Floater
Eli has been working with children for over 15 years. She enjoys every aspect of teaching and has realized through her years in the field that the children can teach us as much as we teach them. Every day she makes sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve. Eli is proud and lucky to be part of such a great group of teachers.
In her free time, Eli enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her children.